Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of Far’s album Water & Solutions with Jonah Matranga and Friends! Jonah will be playing the entire W&S album with a full band! Also on the bill for the evening will be The Pauses, Another Run, & texture: Yellow!!! This is gonna be one for the books so don’t miss out! ♥
21+ $12 (cash only, atm on site)
All Beatles till 10! No Cover for the best all Beatles cover band in Houston, BEETLE
Beth Lee and the Breakups – “Austin-based songwriter and guitarist Beth Lee‘s straightforward, sultry rasp determinedly cuts to the core on her new LP, Keep Your Mouth Shut. The deliciously wry humor sears through, because keeping tight-lipped is exactly what Lee isnot about to do. It’s time to open up, speak out, and tell it like it is. She’s belting no-nonsense, country-fried rock ‘n’ soul piercing straight through the heart, and any ounce of heartache can take a back seat”. –Laurie Gallardo, KUTX, Austin Music Minute
Nakia and the Blues Grifters – Before he was on “The Voice,” Nakia was a Blues Grifter. Named for the age-old concept of
stealing from the greats, the Blues Grifters formed in 2010. The band quickly became a hit on the
club circuit in Austin performing at the legendary “Home of the Blues,” Antone’s Nightclub, and the
South Austin hot spot, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and began recording its first album. A video of Nakia’s
full-throated, soulful performances found its way to television producer Mark Burnett who insisted
on recruiting Nakia for a new show. Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put the band, and the album on
pause to go to Hollywood.
On the first season of “The Voice,” Nakia immediately became a fan favorite before finishing as a
semifinalist. More than 14 million viewers tuned in each week to witness Nakia wowing the show’s
four celebrity coaches with his electric stage presence and using his gritty voice to make Top 40
songs his own.
Using the momentum from the whirlwind of reality TV, Nakia focused on writing songs for a new EP
and subsequent tour, still leaving the band on hold. Nakia knew it was time to call up the Blues
Grifters again when he was invited to appear on the ALL ATX compilation album in 2016. Together,
they transformed The Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” from a prog-rocking guitar dirge
into a lowdown gritty sax-infused soul jam that culminates in a double time frenzy. Renewed from
that studio experience, Nakia was ready to finish the album he started almost a decade ago with
his long-time collaborator and fellow Grifter, Mac McNabb.
“I started the band as a way for me to cut loose and get lost in the blues, so I wanted this album to
be a homage to the great blues artists who inspired me,” Nakia recalls, “but ‘The Voice’ happened
and I couldn’t reach the finish line on the record. Once Mac and I got back together and listened to
the tapes, we committed to finish the album. We cut these songs using old ribbon mics, analog
gear and tape machines. Many of the songs recorded live, all in the room together. Real live blues
— the way it was meant to be.”
After all this time, “Blues Grifter,” is finished featuring songs by blues and soul greats Otis Rush,
William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Luther “Snakeboy” Johnson and more. Nakia will
celebrate the release with a free in-store performance at Waterloo Records Friday, August followed
by album release parties in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio with more cities to be announced.
Nakia will donate a portion of all “Blues Grifter” album proceeds to The Clifford Antone Foundation,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Austin, Texas dedicated to preserving blues music culture and community
by caring for our elders and investing in our youth.
Little Outfit open the show at 9:30
Ruckus – Currently, Ruckus is entertaining audiences throughout the south with their unique, Americana style of folk-rock.
” So, I would guess that you might not have heard this Houston band yet, which honestly is a real shame. I’ve caught them at least five times and I was really blown away with each energy fueled set. They are truly one of the best kept secrets in Houston, and you’re an idiot to miss a free set from them. “
– David Garrick, Free Press Houston
Michelle Miears DJ and Willow James
Open at 8PM